Financially Protected via ATOL & IPP.
During this hands on South Africa wildlife photography holiday and conservation expedition you will directly help to promote the protection and survival of Africa’s Big 5. The trip allows you to get involved and be part of life of an assistant game ranger. Assist with promoting the survival of African flora and fauna in this beautiful conservation area along the Bushman’s River.
Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of a game ranger and reserve keeper on a secluded game reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Get hands-on with conservation, working with the wildlife that calls this location home, while creating a photography documentary of the conservation work and wildlife photography images.
This conservation photography expedition see’s you join a fantastic conservation project in their mission to save Africa’s Big 5 – Elephants, Lions, Rhino, Cape Buffalo and the elusive Leopard . You will be working with local ecologists and conservation teams to conduct research on a variety of conservation tasks and projects, all while witnessing close up the animal herds & species in the wild and documenting, via photography, the natural history in the area and the work of the conservation teams.
In addition to the Big 5, the reserve is home to 100s of species such as Zebra, Hippos, Giraffes, Monkeys and Baboons plus over 250 species of birdlife. The reserve and work undertaken here is at the forefront of conservation, with 20,000 trees per year planted to enhance the many habitats found within the park.
Known for its dedication to conservation and the environment this project will see you get hands on with improving conditions for the wildlife. In addition to this, the park works closely with the local community, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in local life and to contribute to a worthwhile scheme helping local school children.
Life on a reserve is very changeable, and that means no day will ever be the same. Whilst you are working hard on this conservation and conservation photography expedition, you will also be getting incredible close up opportunities to some of the world’s most endangered species. Tasks that you might help out with can include, but are not limited to:
The hands on work on the reserve takes place from Monday to Friday, with the weekends free for your own leisure and exploring. You could even head in to Port Elizabeth City for the weekend to enjoy the sea, sun and sand. Accommodation can be provided whilst in the city at no extra cost, although food is not provided here. Alternatively, you could remain at the reserve to enjoy the facilities at the lodge or cram in even more photography of the birdlife and wildlife around the accommodation.
This conservation photography expeditions blends getting stuck in to the heart of conservation whilst enjoying an unforgettable wildlife photography experience. It’s much more than simply doing a photo safari, and allows you to get total immersion in the life of a game reserve. Rather than simply witnessing the Big 5 and other wildlife, along with the knowledge you will learn into the lives of predators and other endangered species this expedition really does offer the perfect once in a lifetime opportunity.
During the Africa’s Big 5 Conservation Expedition and South Africa wildlife photography holiday, you will have the opportunity to not just photograph these amazing animals, but also the opportunity to create a documentary of the conservation work that is undertaken by the team saving these amazing creatures.
Day 1 (Monday) You will be welcomed by your expedition guide at Port Elizabeth Airport and transferred to the lodge you’ll be staying in during the expedition.
Day 2-12 After breakfast, you’ll be working with the conservation team undertaking a manner of tasks (as listed above) and giving you opportunity to get close to Africa’s Big 5 in the wild and document the work of the conservation team.
You will also have free time at the weekend to photograph the huge array of wildlife at the reserve including an array of birdlife, relax and chill out or you could visit the vibrant city of Port Elizabeth.
Day 13 After breakfast and depending on your flight time, you’ll be transferred to Port Elizabeth for your outbound flight.
Accommodation is provided in the heart of the reserve in a beautiful lodge. All accommodation is very new, divided into male and female dormitory areas with plenty of space to store your personal belongings. The lodge has swimming pools, tennis courts and beautiful relaxation areas.
Three meals a day are prepared for you by local cooks. The food is delicious and you wont go hungry with these portion sizes.
Expedition Guide(s): Scott Latham
Departure & Return Location : Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ)
Award Winning Photographer Tour Guide
All transportation in destination location
Full Board Meal basis at the project site
Full training, Orientation and Briefings
Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
Local support in South Africa from English speaking staff
Certificate of Recognition (on request)
Sundries, Meals out of Project Location & Alcoholic Drinks
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £20 per week depending on lifestyle)
Booking on our South Africa Photography Holiday is simple. Please complete the booking form on this page with you full name, email, and details on your booking, i.e number of people etc. A member of our team will then be in contact with a booking confirmation email. If you have selected pay deposit only option, your balance will be due upon the payment terms below. Alternatively, you can complete the enquiry form and we’ll respond to your email ASAP.
Tour Cost: £2000 per person | Deposit: £300 per person
Deposit: £300 due upon booking
Mid-Term: £450 due 6 months before travel
Final Balance: £1250 Due 9 weeks before travel
Any flight arrangements made with our partners through us need to be paid in full at time of flight booking.
Please be aware that this trip will mainly be spent volunteering with the conservation team, getting fully involved in the project and conservation of the species at the reserve. Photography opportunities will arise regular for both the species in the reserve and the documentary style photographs of the team.
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